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Saturday 16 December 2017

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King looking to reign at the Ballyboden BlockbusterTHE King's Speech is well worth listening to. "Go out and support the girls in blue," declares the Dublin CEO, Maureen King.

"We'd like to see bigger numbers following Dublin this year. We have made it one of our aims," adds Maureen.

Sunday offers the ideal date to cheer on the Jackies when they play the All-Ireland and Bord Gáis Energy Division 1 champions, Cork, at the Boden HQ on the Firhouse Road (2pm).

It will be a rare visit by Cork to the capital. They usually only arrive in the city to collect Brendan Martin or the league trophy!

The two teams were side-by-side in Parnell Park last May, but not on the pitch. Cork beat Laois in the Division 1 league final, while the Dubs toppled Meath in the Division 2 final.

Dublin will also host Laois in the league. Of Dublin's seven fixtures, only two are at home, even more reason to venture out and give them a shout.

Cork continue to set the bar. They won five All-Irelands on the bounce. Then came the shock defeat to Tyrone in the 2010 quarter-final.

But the Leesiders were back on the podium again last September. On route they ousted the Dubs in the quarter-final in Birr.

They also pipped Dublin in the 2009 All-Ireland final, but on their last Division 1 league visit here, Dublin beat Cork by a point in Portmarnock.

That was a huge victory for Gerry McGill and his cohorts, Tommy Brown, Mick Browne, Michael Ryan and Jim Kilty. It filled the team with belief for the challenges to come.

Dublin won it by 1-10 to 1-9. Lyndsey Davey hit the vital goal. Sinead Aherne struck seven points, five from frees. The league and championship, of course, contain different recipes, but putting down a positive marker can work wonders further along the road.

Result aside, it should be a terrific game of football between two of the modern-day super-powers. A point between them in the 2009 All-Ireland final, a point between them in the quarter-final last August, and also just a point in it at Mearnóg back in March 2009. You don't get much closer than that. The two counties could produce another Sunday Miscellany this week, with 'Let Us Entertain You' coming over the tannoy.

Just the job to get you off the couch and into the fresh air. It has all the makings of another happy hour. A Ballyboden Blockbuster.

The Dublin team that beat Cork in Division 1 of the League at Portmarnock in March, 2009: Cliodhna O'Connor; Avril Cluxton, Noelle Comyn, Maria Kavanagh; Ailish McKenna, Sorcha Furlong, Siobhan McGrath; Denise Masterson, Fiona Corcoran; Kim Flood, Lyndsey Davey, Colleen Barrett; Niamh Hurley, Sinead Aherne, Ann-Marie Murphy.

Subs: Niamh McEvoy (Parnell's) for Flood; Amy Ring for Barrett; Ciara Murphy for Corcoran; Niamh McEvoy (St Sylvester's) for Hurley.

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